How to talk to your child about losing weight & eating healthy?

When children are approached about their weight it is important for every
child to understand the benefits of eating healthy. It is equally important
for parents to model healthy eating habits, and to provide the guidance
and the direction for obtaining results.

Two things a child will need regarding weight issues is an encouraging
and supportive family, and a game plan that provides direction and purpose.
By involving the child in a team effort, everyone will benefit including the child.
Besides, who likes working alone?

A plan of action should include: maintaining a timely physical exam, dental and
eye exams, menu planning, food preparation, and physical activities that involve
the entire family. The fact that poor eating habits are learned, focus your attention
on reading the labels to help control and also make healthy choices.

In addition, experts are recommending eating more leafy vegetables, reducing our
intake of both sugars and salts, drinking at least 48 ounces of water daily, and
getting 7-8, hours of sleep each night.

So why not reinforce healthy eating, and start the New Year off right?
When children see parents modeling healthy behaviors such as eating healthy foods,
and exercising, they tend to follow these examples. After all, team work with an
added action plan, and a can do attitude results in healthy living for all.

Champion Parenting, Inc./Building Leaders for Life

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About authoraliceiorio

A nationally known educator, with over 20 years of teaching experience (preschool- college) is President and founder of Champion Parenting, Inc., a nonprofit.
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